The UN Economic Commission for Africa and the Government of Ethiopia signed a Memorandum of Understanding on August 13, 2020, kicking off a USD 3.6 million project on nature-based solutions for water resources infrastructure and community resilience in Ethiopia. The project is part of the Ethiopian Government’s Green Legacy initiative and serves as the official launch of the UN Economic Commission for Africa’s Decade of Action.
The four-year project in Ethiopia is considered an important step to increase the country’s investments in nature-based solutions to tackle climate change and to foster a green recovery in light of the economic challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is designed to “stimulate green jobs, improve community livelihoods, enhance the health of rural women and girls, and build climate resilience through nature-based solutions to deforestation and ecosystem degradation.” To help reach these goals, 20 billion seedlings will be planted until 2024 to restore about 15 million hectares of forest. Communities will be supported to manage the trees to their own benefit while ensuring ecosystem integrity.